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More Than Just a Hardware Store

Written by: Kelly Jones | Date: 24/02/2016

Last week I was at Bunnings to buy yet another sample pot of paint for yet another DIY project when it struck me that they totally nailed it when they coined the phrase, “lowest prices are just the beginning”.

I mean, there was a point back in the day where you just went to the hardware store to get, um, you know, hardware. Like nails and stuff. But now, well thanks to Bunnings, you can go there for almost an entire day and not even look at a nail!

The last time I went, it was with the whole family and we were there for hours and hours. There was so much going on that we didn’t realise just how long we’d been there for.

This is not just a once off awesome day at Bunnings, but a regular occurrence.

One this day in particular, as we walked in the door, resisting the urge to get a brekky sausage, and BAM the kids were already happy as clams because they scored a kiddie trolley each. As we walked past the checkouts, we were then met with an awesome looking Old English Sheepdog aka the Dulux Dog sitting happily on a trestle table getting cuddles and handshakes and selfies with young and old. The kids who are huge dog fans were absolutely tickled pink to be able to cuddle such a magnificent dog and be offered a paw shake.

Then we moved down to the play centre which the kids absolutely love, and I love even more as for me it means sitting back on a comfy bench sipping a coffee from their pretty decent café. In between playing, Miss 3 was buzzed to get her face painted while Miss 4 popped into the DIY crafty area and decorated a wooden thingy with some stick on doodlebugs.

Then disaster struck, as Miss 3 quick as a flash scaled the outside of the enclosed slide in the play centre. I swear I only looked at my Facebook for a second!

She was like a rat up a drain pipe and was at the top before I knew it. Check out the pic and you can see how pleased she is with herself up where she shouldn’t be! Ugh. Oh the embarrassment.

I was so grateful when a Bunnings dude, who I secretly named Bunning Gryls, walked past and said with a smile that he’d get her. He casually opened the kiddie gate like he’d done a hundred times before and strolled over and gracefully half climbed the slide, scooped her up and popped her in my arms.

Awesome.

But not unexpected as I have never seen a grumpy Bunnings employee – they are all so happy and friendly.

We then had to leave the play centre after that as I prefer to leave the scene of my poor parenting crimes. But there was still more fun to be had looking at all the tiny bonsai plants and cacti and fairly unattractive outdoor settings.

Of course, no Bunnings visit is complete without stopping past the sausage sizzle. Oh yeah, a plain thin sausage in plain white bread from that place is just the best and cannot be replicated at home.

Then we got to go home and unpack all the things we don’t really need but had to put something in the kiddie trolleys. Although I am sure those solar powered fairy lights will look awesome up our tree.

Maybe Bunning Gryls might drop in on his way home to pop them up.

Niky, Norville QLD

My little one loves his teddy bear play mat and sleeps on it all the time.

Basically anytime he's sleeping while I'm not in bed, he's on his bear mat.

Ever since he got it he doesn't like sleeping in his bouncer anymore.

Thank you for such great service and all your help with phone calls and holding products ect and super fast delivery as well.
KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-08-31T10:20:41+00:00
My little one loves his teddy bear play mat and sleeps on it all the time. Basically anytime he's sleeping while I'm not in bed, he's on his bear mat. Ever since he got it he doesn't like sleeping in his bouncer anymore. Thank you for such great service and all your help with phone calls and holding products ect and super fast delivery as well.

Jessica, Picton

I just want to thank you for you super fast postage of "ewan the sleep sheep ' 😀 love it ! And your personalised note topped it off 😀 Great quality, great service

Jessica, Picton

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2016-01-15T03:09:40+00:00

Jessica, Picton

I just want to thank you for you super fast postage of "ewan the sleep sheep ' 😀 love it ! And your personalised note topped it off 😀 Great quality, great service

Melissa via Mum’s Say (Kidspot)

The baby bean bag is a fantastic new concept that is a great alternative to a bouncer. An item that will grow with my daughter for years to come.
The product has been well researched and the workmanship/fabric is of high quality.

Melissa via Mum's Say (Kidspot)

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2016-01-15T03:06:44+00:00

Melissa via Mum's Say (Kidspot)

The baby bean bag is a fantastic new concept that is a great alternative to a bouncer. An item that will grow with my daughter for years to come. The product has been well researched and the workmanship/fabric is of high quality.

Tegan B via Facebook reviews

I have bought a beanbag, elephant playmat and the owl nightlight. They're all amazing quality!

Perfect for my little grey and white nursery.

I couldn't be happier with my purchases.

The option of afterpay is brilliant and takes away a lot of stress, shipping is fast .

Not to mention; It feels even better buying from an Australian owned business. (Complete with a hand written thank you note from Kelly on the invoice)

I would recommend this company to anyone.
KJ Essentials
5.0
2017-02-20T10:01:37+00:00
I have bought a beanbag, elephant playmat and the owl nightlight. They're all amazing quality! Perfect for my little grey and white nursery. I couldn't be happier with my purchases. The option of afterpay is brilliant and takes away a lot of stress, shipping is fast . Not to mention; It feels even better buying from an Australian owned business. (Complete with a hand written thank you note from Kelly on the invoice) I would recommend this company to anyone.

‘Orlsy’ Carrum Downs, Vic

I purchased a gorgeous blue bean bag for my friend at work.
I was able to pick up the bean bag, already filled, en-route to the baby shower!
The mum-to-be absolutely loved the bean bag, and her little boy looks divine in it now!
Highly recommended :)

'Orlsy' Carrum Downs, Vic

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2016-01-15T03:06:21+00:00

'Orlsy' Carrum Downs, Vic

I purchased a gorgeous blue bean bag for my friend at work. I was able to pick up the bean bag, already filled, en-route to the baby shower! The mum-to-be absolutely loved the bean bag, and her little boy looks divine in it now! Highly recommended :)

Mel, Albion Park, NSW

I have just received my parcel I ordered from you less then 24hrs ago!

I also wanted to thank you for the amazing service you provide, and the quality of products you supply.
I was desperate to have my purchase delivered before friday and with your advice and assistance you made this possible.

Thank you once again for all that you do for your customers, you obviously have a great passion for what you do and your customer base.
KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-04-27T12:03:16+00:00
I have just received my parcel I ordered from you less then 24hrs ago! I also wanted to thank you for the amazing service you provide, and the quality of products you supply. I was desperate to have my purchase delivered before friday and with your advice and assistance you made this possible. Thank you once again for all that you do for your customers, you obviously have a great passion for what you do and your customer base.

Janine, Salisbury, SA

I bought the KJ Essentials plush lamb play mat for my little girl and it is one of our favourite things!

We love that you can just throw it in the wash so that she always has a clean soft place to lie and play on.

It is awesome for tummy time as the non slip backing keeps it in place while she is rocking and rolling and head banging and the padding stops her from knocking her head every time she drops it.

When we aren't using it, we keep it her nursery for looks - it is the cutest floor rug!

We also take it to places like mothers group meetings and to grans so that we know
she has a home comfort that is safe and hygenic and comfy

Kidspot Independent Review

KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-01-15T03:08:03+00:00

Kidspot Independent Review

I bought the KJ Essentials plush lamb play mat for my little girl and it is one of our favourite things! We love that you can just throw it in the wash so that she always has a clean soft place to lie and play on. It is awesome for tummy time as the non slip backing keeps it in place while she is rocking and rolling and head banging and the padding stops her from knocking her head every time she drops it. When we aren't using it, we keep it her nursery for looks - it is the cutest floor rug! We also take it to places like mothers group meetings and to grans so that we know she has a home comfort that is safe and hygenic and comfy

SH, Marookna, QLD

Beautiful bean bag and great quality too.
I am so very happy with my purchase.
Thanks for the quick delivery too.

SH, Marookna, QLD

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2016-01-15T03:04:57+00:00

SH, Marookna, QLD

Beautiful bean bag and great quality too. I am so very happy with my purchase. Thanks for the quick delivery too.

Courtney, Cambridge Gardens, NSW

I just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for my lovely chevron beanbags for my twin boys which arrived today!

I only ordered them on Monday night and was thrilled to receive them today! (I live in the Sydney region).

Excellent service, super speedy delivery and a gorgeous product!

Will definitely be recommending you to my friends 😀😀

Robin, Cargenie, Victoria

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2015-12-21T10:15:37+00:00

Robin, Cargenie, Victoria

I just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for my lovely chevron beanbags for my twin boys which arrived today! I only ordered them on Monday night and was thrilled to receive them today! (I live in the Sydney region). Excellent service, super speedy delivery and a gorgeous product! Will definitely be recommending you to my friends

Katrina

Thank you Kelly for your wonderful customer service, responsiveness to my enquiries and beautiful products.
You have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I highly recommend your online store.
I love my little photo albums (and other keepsakes) and I am sure I will be able to fill them very quickly with pictures of my little girl. Thank you again.

Katrina

KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-01-15T03:09:22+00:00

Katrina

Thank you Kelly for your wonderful customer service, responsiveness to my enquiries and beautiful products. You have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I highly recommend your online store. I love my little photo albums (and other keepsakes) and I am sure I will be able to fill them very quickly with pictures of my little girl. Thank you again.

Judy, Hampton, Victoria

I bought this bag for when my granddaughter comes over to play.
She loves to sit in it on the back porch and watch the birds in the trees.

Judy, Hampton, Victoria

KJ Essentials
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2016-01-15T03:05:43+00:00

Judy, Hampton, Victoria

I bought this bag for when my granddaughter comes over to play. She loves to sit in it on the back porch and watch the birds in the trees.

Trish, Clayton, Vic

Kelly I cannot thank you enough for your assistance and patience.
Your after sales service was brilliant. If only all businesses could provide the
same level of after sales service life would be so much easier.
Especially when you are a tired and confused new mum!

Trish, Clayton, Vic

KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-01-15T03:07:04+00:00

Trish, Clayton, Vic

Kelly I cannot thank you enough for your assistance and patience. Your after sales service was brilliant. If only all businesses could provide the same level of after sales service life would be so much easier. Especially when you are a tired and confused new mum!

Kelly S via Facebook

What fantastic service! Ordered my beanbag and lamb rug bundle on Monday & it arrived this morning (Thursday), thank you! I really liked being kept up to date with the delivery process 😊 can't wait to give it to my sister at her baby shower next weekend!
KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-05-27T11:38:32+00:00
What fantastic service! Ordered my beanbag and lamb rug bundle on Monday & it arrived this morning (Thursday), thank you! I really liked being kept up to date with the delivery process 😊 can't wait to give it to my sister at her baby shower next weekend!
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